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  1. 8 points
    I had just come on deck (last weekend), when the engineless Schooner Stephen Taber had sailed into Pulpit Harbor. She was already on her second tack through the harbor. 47 tons of 1871 technology, all moving well in the gentle breeze. They crossed far astern of our anchored boat with the port anchor lashed to the bulwark, ready to deploy. Sails rattled as they brought the big boat into the wind. It takes sea room to tack the schooner that measures 115’ from bowsprit to boom end. Turn,… ...turn,... ...turn. Sails filled again and drawing well, they were on their final tack. Pinched up to windward, the old schooner crossed close by our stern this time. The bow turned slowly into the wind as headsails were doused. A gaff was loosened and wrinkles appeared in the sails. The crew and passengers waited silently on deck as the Taber, still full of energy despite the luffing sails, coasted on and on, to windward. Finally, a lone vocal command breaks the silence and is instantly followed by the deafening roar of huge iron chain links racing through a battered hawsehole in the bulwark. Still coasting slowly forward, the chain rode stretches bar tight. The ancient fisherman anchor fetches up on the bottom ending this magnificent scene that is centuries old.
  2. 6 points
    It’s not that easy. The inherent problem is that the foils you want to go 60 are so draggy at low speed that you can’t get to the high speed. I racing sailboat design, the game isn’t usually played for top end speed, but for improvements at the lower end of the speed range. Falling off the foils in marginal conditions is far more disastrous than being a quarter knot slower a full chat. Sail Rocket simplified the problem by restricting the wind speeds they sailed in, so they had enough wellie to just bulldoze some of the speed bumps. None of the AC designs have tis luxury. So getting the blend right is going to be a huge challenge. SHC
  3. 5 points
    Hey now, I worked pretty hard to get my pedantic response drafted on a shitty IPad. This is serious shit, man. Really. Oh, and just because we may have won the brith canal lottery doesn't mean we shouldn't complain about fucking nut jobs anywhere they may exist, in our imaginations or otherwise. I just happen to believe the fucking nut job race per capita is being won by the people in and attempting to associate themselves with the Republican Party, the religious after party and the Russian after after pee on me party.
  4. 5 points
    The target wouldn't understand it Remember there is just one goal for all this, to push Donald over the edge until he is so obviously bat-shit crazy that even the Rs can't make themselves fake it anymore. You have to talk to him at the low level he comprehends
  5. 5 points
    I don't think it is easy to establish as a first step a probability to finish ... I think there is (some may say unfortunately) too much of a luck factor - you may call it Russian roulette... Vincent Riou in PRB hitting a drifting boy in the South Atlantic several VG ago comes to mind. He was experienced to say the least, had a fast boat (the lightest of the fleet at the time), a good team. He was considered a podium finisher by most people. But bad luck struck... That being said, I agree that there are boats that are less likely to finish, just because of lack of preparation, lack of budget and higher risk of material failure and that can be taken into account. So I will jump into it... For me the top contenders are: Jeremie Beyou - Charal - VPLP Alex Thomson - Hugo Boss - VPLP Charlie Dalin - Apivia - Verdier Armel Tripon - L'Occitane - Manuard Kevin Escoffier -PRB - Verdier/VPLP (yes, I know, it is an 8 years old boat, I am going a bit on a limb here... but the boat is fast and the guy is good and he can fix anything on board; ANYTHING !) Then the "have a shot at the top 5" Thomas Ruyant - LinkedOut - Verdier Sam Davies - Initiative Coeur - VPLP/Verdier Boris Herrmann - Sea Explorer-Yacht Club de Monaco - Verdier/VPLP Kojiro Shiraishi - DMG MORI : VPLP Nicolas Troussel - Corum - JK This is my opinion; I am Laurent, and I approve this message...
  6. 4 points
    Rather off topic but........ While I could write my own code, I stopped doing so about 30 years ago except for when I need to do some unusual parametric design when I script in Python. For CFD, I cheat by using Autodesk CFD, not least because of the easy interface with the design and production software I use. Efficient and speedy workflows are key to what I do and to write code these days seems pointless as I cannot gain competitive advantage from it. I might save some money considering the eyewatering cost of Autodesk CFD but the time savings more than make up for the cost. And yes, I am certainly old school, but have been updated. Started with Cobol.......
  7. 4 points
    Not sure who is forcing you. I don't think anybody here cares which route you take, or if you take one at all. On the contrary, many would suggest you need not even bother commenting.
  8. 3 points
    Ah “truth”. The concept of a single truth is illusory. (See: Democrats v Republicans. I digress...) You certainly have your version of the truth. It’s messed up, but it is yours.
  9. 3 points
    While the cat may have changed him, this place is not what it once was. The noise to content ratio is off the rails. If not for Hobot (and Sol) it would not be worth the visit. From time to time CA and AC Anarchy have redeemable moments. I know I sound like an old codger, but I miss what this place used to be. WL
  10. 3 points
    Red Herring started life as a cat ketch with over rotating masts. It didn’t work very well for a number of reasons, but really needed more sail area. I moved the main aft 30” and added jibs along with changing almost everything else. Certainly the mizzen doesn’t help a lot beating in normal weather. They do help keep the bow up once you start reefing and the center of effort of the main and jib moves forward. Job and jigger is a very pleasant sail combination. I don’t believe in roller furling, so if i’m sailing solo or don’t feel like working, she sails well with just the main and mizzen. Doesn’t point quite as well, but being able to tack without touching a rope is pretty sweet. Once you know what you can do with a mizzen, instead of the rudder, they are lots of fun. And that is the whole point. SHC
  11. 3 points
    Quoting Orwell: Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality.
  12. 3 points
    To your last question. Nationalism is not patriotism, that's why there are two words.
  13. 3 points
    My wife has learned to love me getting up early on the weekends. I get the fireplace going, put some bacon in the oven and then start making cinnamon rolls by hand. By the time she and usually the kids wake up the house smells of warm fire fresh bacon and fresh cinnamon rolls. For me the smell reminds me of holidays at my grandparents. But for my kids it will smell like home.
  14. 3 points
    “The Beattie Varley report also noted an outstanding contractual disagreement regarding whether the $3 million paid by ACE to Team NZ to cover costs of designing the AC75 boat class could be considered an event cost.” This is what caught my attention. It seems very creative to turn the initial design process into billable hours. Pretty sure that has never been done before. Being a shit head, I wonder what the margin was? SHC
  15. 3 points
    Prepping for daughter’s wedding later today. Replanned for home in the deck with family and wedding party at socially distanced tables. Boat has lights rigged on a timer and is anchored fire and aft to be part of the backdrop. When I got a nasty cancer diagnosis 4 years ago, I had 4 wishes. Hold my grandson (now 3). See my son out of college and launched. Dance with my younger daughter at her wedding and grow old with my wonderful wife. 3 down. One in progress. hoping remnants of Delta stay just far enough south to hold the rain until after midnight.
  16. 2 points
  17. 2 points
    I was 13 years old, sailing home from Tenby to Pembroke Dock with my dad in our Mirror 16 dinghy in 1970. We'd gone the other way the previous day in light winds but now there was a stiff breeze and we hit the notorious tidal race off St Govan's Head at the worst time. Very frightening. All by ourselves, big waves, cold water, rugged Atlantic coast, nothing but steep cliffs for miles and no means of communication. We somehow managed to turn around across breaking waves without capsizing and after surfing down huge seas against the tide we eventually put in at Freshwater East. Phoned my Mum who brought the trailer to the car park. Pulling the boat up the beach the mast hit the bare overhead power line to the the ice cream shop. Several people, including kids, had been helping us push the boat on the trailer across the soft sand - bare feet, hands on the shrouds, but amazingly nobody was touching them at that instant and it just burned through the aluminium mast. Even by the standards of the time, the whole adventure was ridiculously dangerous.
  18. 2 points
    "Darcy Lever's Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor" An awesome book. Never particularly wanted to try that stuff for real, looks like a major PITA. Gaff riggers with topsails are enough to satisfy my lust for that old-time 'iron men in wooden ships' vibe. FB- Doug
  19. 2 points
    A friend down here completed his masters certificate with a square rig endorsement about ten years ago, so some of the maritime colleges still teach this stuff. I recall getting a textbook for him for his seventieth birthday that was all about handling these boats under sail, can’t remember the title, but there are still texts around from the old days. He has had good time skippering square riggers in his retirement...
  20. 2 points
    Let me offer an explanation for you to ignore: When the virus first hit China, no one really knew what was happening or what to do. The Chinese initial government response was to publicly deny the potential severity. The US intelligence community INFORMED THE HEAD OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION of its opinion the virus was EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND THEY COULD BE OBSERVING THE BEGINNINGS OF A PANDEMIC. In early February the Chinese began their incredible and effective response to the pandemic. The Chinese shut down Wuhan and wouldn’t let anybody in or out. FINALLY the US administration did a little something: EXCEPT FOR ALLOWING 80,000 POTENTIALLY INFECTED US CITIZENS TO BRING THE PANDEMIC HOME FROM CHINA, the administration shut off incoming travelers coming directly from China. ( Let’s pause here for a second. The virus started with the infection of ONE PERSON. That one person gave it to others and they each passed it to others and the pandemic was blasting away in China. When ONE INFECTED PERSON left China, the virus went to another country. We brought 80,000 people home from a place where JUST ONE INFECTED PERSON Had spread the infection to millions!!!!!) So what happened in the USA? We didn’t realize just how potentially bad the infection rate could be and we failed to immediately stop public gatherings, shut down subways, and put masks on everybody and crowded cities like New York lost thousands of people. New York’s Governor did what the health experts suggested but he was way late and the pandemic was already killing people at a nasty rate Meanwhile, the POTUS was downplaying the virus, holding crowded rallies, and suggesting we needed to open things back up as soon as possible. Infectious disease experts were screaming about the need to shut down the virus access to additional people. OTHER COUNTRIES WITH DIFFERENT LEADERS encouraged mask wearing and pretty much shut down all the activities tgat were known to help spread the virus. The POTUS made it a point to not wear a mask and repeatedly assembled groups of maskless people. Meanwhile , in the areas where the USA had its initial horrendous outbreaks and in devastated countries like Italy, the government leaders insisted EVERYONE participate in the effort to stop the spread. The Spread of the virus in those areas and countries, , despite the fact they initially had more infected people, has been reduced and nearly shut off. Meanwhile, in the USA, especially “red” states where Trumpnis idolized, the virus Is still spreading at virtually the same rate month after month. WHY IS THIS TRUMP’S FAUlT??? The answer lies in comparison. In places where the virus is mostly contained (check New Zealand) the NATIONAL HEAD OF STATE has considered virus control OVER popularity. Those leaders have shut down whatever businesses or gatherings that could transmit the virus, made mask wearing a legal requirement, and stood up to anyone who tried to stop them. Denier Don has done no such thing. He has led non-mask wearers by example. He has led those who wish to assemble in large groups by example? He has constantly whined about the fact his economy is being shut down for no other reason than to save lives. So @Dog the reason Donald John Trump bears responsibility for deaths past about the first couple hundred, is HE REFUSED TO USE THE AVAILABLE TOOLS which have been at his disposal since day one. Not once has he addressed the nation pounding his fist on the podium and demanding EVERYBODY do all the necessary things. Donnie keeps blaming China. After China shut down Wuhan, any national leader who failed to take similar action was part of the problem. The deaths are Donnie deaths because Donnie, despite being fully informed about what was necessary, did not take sufficient action to prevent them. The blame goes to the guy who failed to do his job and still is not doing his job.
  21. 2 points
    Married. Speech done. Downhill from here.
  22. 2 points
    Plesae stoppe tryeng so harde to be funney or 'nice' withe senisitieve topices.
  23. 2 points
    Pano. The lines along the wishbones are lazy jacks to receive the sail. Jiffy reefing is the method, you can see the reefing lines on the back of the booms. Tanton 43, about a dozen in Europe; 48 in total built. Stream. Hard to get any production going, in the US and elsewhere especially for a totally different concept from the norm. - Tanton 43-45 has its own Group on F.B. Made special for owners and interested party. You can also consult my Blog. - I am presently working on 2 custom projects featuring free standing sailplans, one 50' in aluminum, the other also 50', but in wood.
  24. 2 points
    After nearly 30 seasons of sailing on the coast of Maine, it looks like I will die never having known radar onboard my boats. The only time I've missed it is when I was motoring in channels with other boats around. I don't feel I have to do that these days, I guess I'm lucky. I've never had refrigeration either and now that small gizmos and LED lighting have lessened our power needs, I doubt I'll see that either. I think some of us enjoy the simplicity over the convenience of some things, at least on a sailboat.
  25. 2 points
    I just want to be clear about what you are really saying. You are saying that because ETNZ got done over on issues in AC35, that gives them the right to act how they want now. Sorry, but it doesn't work like that. To start with, there is only one challenger left from AC35. If it were all the teams from AC35, then maybe you would have a point. My disappointment in ETNZ is about them (Dalton in particular) making a huge fuss over every time they got done over (maybe with justification), having also got very upset at other teams for developing rules and giving themselves a head start, yet they have done exactly what they complained about in the past. They have given themselves a big advantage. I am not saying they have broken any rules or done anything different from what we have seen before, but if you do something you have loudly complained about in the past, don't expect to be called anything other than hypocritical. Let's also be clear about the AC72 and what Oracle did and why it was different. From the start, Oracle were very open about them considering a big cat. It came as zero surprise to anybody that the rule that was announced was for a cat. I know for a fact that at least 2 teams did pre-work in case a cat was announced. The consider what Steve Clarke reported above, from first hand experience. Oracle ensured that their design team did not have access to rules related info ahead of others. I doubt that in practice it worked perfectly, but to suggest Oracle would have had a big advantage because of how the AC72 rule was developed is wrong. Add to that an obvious fact that in choosing a cat, they were not choosing a type of boat that nobody had any experience of designing With ETNZ, their design team did all the research and development of the new rule, for a type of boat that was completely new and revolutionary. To develop the rule, they needed to first develop tools to analyse a revolutionary new type of boat, tools others could only start work on when the rule was known. ETNZ even gave performance forecasts based on their modelling when the rule was announced. At very least ETNZ bought themselves a 6 month head start over everybody else. Those are simple facts. We can debate as much as anybody wants about whether that was fair, but for me, the disappointment came from Dalton, on behalf of ETNZ, had complained about a least one other defender doing the same thing. It's called hypocrisy.